PLACENTIA, NL, Dec. 19, 2018 /CNW/ - Investing in recreational infrastructure helps communities come together and stay active. The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador recognize that strategic investments in recreational infrastructure play a key role in supporting dynamic communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class.
Today, Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Minister of Service Newfoundland and Labrador, and Member of the House of Assembly for Placentia-St. Mary's, on behalf of the Honourable Graham Letto, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment; and Bernard Power, Mayor of Placentia, announced over $7.8 million in joint funding for the Placentia Regional Wellness Centre.
The Government of Canada is investing over $2.6 million in this project through the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component – National Regional Projects. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing over $3.6 million, with the Town of Placentia providing over $1.5 million.
The project will add a new extension to the existing Unity Parc Arena, expanding the facilities to include a six-lane 25 metre pool, a family pool, fitness room, walking track, and multipurpose event room.
Once completed, the Wellness Centre will offer a variety of fitness and community programming, allowing residents to participate in year-round activities, clubs and social events, while also providing new employment opportunities for youth and community members.
"Recreational facilities like the Placentia Regional Wellness Centre play a key role in promoting active lifestyles while encouraging local economic activity. The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure—including funding for sports and recreation projects like this one— create growth for the middle class and ensure that our communities remain among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family."
Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"In line with our commitment under The Way Forward to leverage all available federal funding, our government has been working collaboratively with the federal and municipal governments to make the Placentia Regional Wellness Centre a reality. We are pleased to provide funding for this important project which will contribute greatly to the quality of life for residents in the Placentia region."
The Honourable Graham Letto, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment
"We are appreciative of the Federal, Provincial, and community support, especially the Placentia Lions Club for this initiative, and we look forward to the continued support of all levels of government as we move forward with construction. This new facility will expand access to healthy living and wellness activities by providing space for various community events and supporting recreational activities. The new centre will help promote Placentia as a place to live, grow and invest."
Bernard Power, Mayor of Placentia
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- $25.3 billion of this funding will support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
- These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
- Skilled workforce/Immigration;
- Clean growth and climate change;
- Trade and investment;
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
Investing in Canada Plan Project Map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map
Federal infrastructure investments in Newfoundland and Labrador:
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Ann-Clara Vaillancourt, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-697-3778, [email protected]; Lynn Robinson, Media Relations Manager, Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, 709-729-5449 / 709-691-9466, [email protected]; Debra Gear, Executive Assistant, Town of Placentia, 709 227 2151, Ext 229, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]